January 31, 2007
Judge in TM Suit Rules "Boston Legal" May Use Motto "What's Your Problem?"
Speaking of law firm slogans and also "Boston Legal," as we did, the two subjects melded today in a trademark decision in the S.D.N.Y., as reported today in the New York Lawyer (and here). The U.S. District Judge found fair use and no TM violation in ABC's promoting the show with the fake slogan "What's Your Problem?" for the fake law firm headed by Denny Crane. The suit was brought by a NYC cable show creator who uses that catchphrase, for real, in interviewing people on the street. No word yet on a potential suit against both ABC and the cable show to be brought by Rocky and Bullwinkle's hometown university.
UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, and Peter Lattman, have the story here too.
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